The Oakridge Centre as we know it will soon cease to exist as a massive redevelopment is set to take place. One of the neat features includes the Transit Plaza with a signature public art canopy that provides weather protection. Weather protection in Vancouver, what a genius idea. The plaza will be framed by trees, seating edges, buildings, a stepped amphitheatre, a water feature, and various seating opportunities. Programmable kiosks will also animate the space.
The public art canopy not only provides weather protection for the plaza but it will also animate the space. Something like this should be done for Robson Square if/when it becomes a full time car free zone.
Here are two other renders of the Oakridge Centre redevelopment. For more information see our previous post on the Oakridge Centre development. If approved, this will be one of the larger projects in the city.
Other plazas planned for the Oakridge Centre development include:
The Civic Plaza will be a highly ﬂexible and programmable event space with central seating and a water feature. It is a key destination along the High Street that offers separate entrances to the Retail Centre and Amenity Building.
A “neighbourhood welcome mat” that guides visitors to the site, the Neighbourhood Plaza will feature a focal centre stage for diverse events such as fashions shows and holiday concerts as well as a secondary stage. The “outdoor living room” offers gathering areas, seating areas, a terrace, and feature lighting.
High Street/Central Court
High Street and the Central Court offer both a passage and gathering space. High Street is an outdoor shopping street with retail street fronts that also features seating, landscaping, and kiosks. There is featured lighting and year-round programming opportunities. The Central Plaza offers outdoor dining, gathering, and special event opportunities.
No mention yet if the Canada Line will have direct access to the mall. As of right now it’s not in the plans, however, it should definitely be a priority.